Women in Ancient Literature

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Unformatted text preview: Women in Ancient Women Literature Literature An Overview Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Genres of Literature Poetry Lyric The term “lyric” is derived from the word “lyre,” an The ancient Greek harp-like string instrument ancient Major Characteristics: Short poem Typically an utterance by a single speaker Expresses a state of mind or a process of perception, Expresses thought, or feeling thought, Intended to be accompanied by a lyre Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Genres of Literature Genres (continued) (continued) Epigram A pithy, often antithetical, saying pithy, characterized by compression, balance, and polish polish Elegy A sustained formal poem meditating on sustained death or another solemn theme death Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Enheduanna Enheduanna Flourished in the 23rd century BCE She was the daughter of Sargon, King of She Akkad Akkad She was Entu of the Sun God Samas, She High Priestess of the Moon God Nanna, and High Priestess of the Love, Fertility, and Warfare Goddess Inanna and Copyright 2009, Sean William Copyright Doyle Doyle Enheduanna (continued) Enheduanna She is the earliest named female poet in She history history Major Works Nin-me-sara (“The Exaltation of Inanna”) In-nin sa-gur-ra ("A Hymn to Inanna") In-nin me-hus-a ("Inanna and Ebih") The Temple Hymns Biography of Enheduanna Copyright 2009, Sean William Copyright Doyle Doyle Sappho of Lesbos Flourished in the 6th century BCE She was born into a wealthy family and She traveled widely traveled She was the head of an academy for She young women on the Island of Lesbos young Her poems only exists in fragments Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Sappho of Lesbos (continued) Love, particularly for other women, is a Love, main theme in her work main Major Works: Poems 8, 9, 40, and 64 Selected Poems by Sappho Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Erinna of Telos Flourished in the 4th century BCE She resided on an island in the Mediterranean Like Sappho, her close friendship with other Like women is a main theme and her work is fragmentary fragmentary Major Works: Distaph – a 300-line poem Two Epigrams of Baucis Selected Poems of Erinna Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Anyte of Tegea Lived in the 3rd century BCE Her epigrams fall into four categories: Her dedications of objects, epitaphs for humans, epitaphs for animals, and pure landscapes landscapes Major Works: Epigrams: Miletus and Thersis Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Nossis of Locri Lived in the 3rd century BCE She wrote mainly epigrams and love She poetry (although the latter is now lost) poetry Major Works: Epigrams: To Hera and To Thaumarete Selected Epigrams of Nossis Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Sulpicia Lived in the 2nd century CE She was the niece of the statesman and She patron of letters, Valerius Messalla Corvinus Corvinus Her work, mainly elegiac poetry, has Her been compiled in the Corpus Tibullianum Corpus Six Poems by Sulpicia Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle Food for Thought Why were women in antiquity not encouraged Why to become literary figures (poets, authors, etc.)? etc.)? Which literary work by a female creator best Which captures the essence of its source culture and why? why? Which female literary figure made the most Which significant contributions to the literature of antiquity and why? antiquity Copyright 2009, Sean William Doyle Doyle ...
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